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Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her . . . if she is ever foundIn the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal naKingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her . . . if she is ever foundIn the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations.Stuck in the middle is Cat - circus performer and soothsayer - safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems . . .Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat's careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can - or should - she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?...

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  • Melanie
    2018-11-06 08:14

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Okay, this is going to be a difficult book to review. I guess I will tell you the gist of the main story, and then I will tell you why I found this book extremely problematic. A clairvoyant named Cat, who has a very sad and mysterious past that she ran away from, who now works at a magical circus with people she considers her true family, gets kidnapped by a warlord from one of the three kingdoms. In Thalyria there are three kingdoms:• Fisa - North, which is where Cat ran away from.• Tarva - Middle, which is ruled by a brother with a power-hungry sister.• Sinta - South, which is where this kidnapping warlord's sister rules with his family. The warlord's name is Griffin and he comes for Cat with a few of his men. He claims that his family will need her to rule, so she can tell them who is trustworthy and who is not. In this world there are magical people, Magoi, who normally rule, and non-magical people, Hoi Polli, who normally are slaves and servants. That is, until Griffin and his army took over Sinta. Most magical royal families want nothing to do with them, so the only plausible solution is for him to kidnap Cat and force her to work for his family, while assuring her she will have a better life there with him. He also has no idea about who Cat really is or how powerful she really is. This book was problematic, because it really blurred the lines of consent. Just because we could see the main protagonist's inner monologue and know she was attracted to her captor, she always verbally and physically expressed she did not want to be romantically involved, but he wouldn't stop. On top of the fact Griffin is physically abusive to Cat, and since they are attached by a "magic rope" and he's a big strong male, she would constantly fall down and express pain. They would also blatantly physically fight, trying to make the main protagonist look "feisty", and he would physically try to get her to submit multiple times. The verbal abuse was prevalently there, and just because they were both doing it does not make it okay. He also, like many abusers, would also get physical with things around the victim (punch walls, kick rocks, ect.), and one time, in a cave, it made her comply with another one of his "requests". Even one of the side characters states she complied under duress. Oh, and let's not forget that the whole starting plot of this story is that he kidnapped her. Maybe I've read too many "girl falls in love with her captor" stories, but this was problematic and not okay, with me. It just felt very wrong, very bad, and Cat even reminds the reader that she was uprooted from her life and kidnapped constantly. She didn't have a choice with being taken, and Griffin doesn't make the rest of their "relationship" feel like a choice, either. Regardless, this book has grey area consent that feels like rape culture and maybe it won't bother you, or maybe you'll be like me and it will completely ruin the story for you. That's the beauty of reading; everyone will read and interpret things differently, and everyone will feel differently about the same book. Maybe if you could just forget Cat was kidnapped, pretend that she willingly left her friends and the people she considered family for Griffin and his team, then maybe you could enjoy the story. I mean, it has Greek Gods in it, so I'm sure readers that grew up with Percy Jackson and the Olympians would appreciate that. Unfortunately, I don't think this book has much plot, either, but that's because it's setting up for the rest of the series and trying to make you familiar with this world.I also feel like I need to state two other disclaimers:1.) This has a few very sexual scenes; this is a very adult book. The scenes didn't bother me (even if the content getting to those scenes did) and is tastefully done, but still use caution if you're going into this thinking the content is YA, because it's not (I'm looking at youA Court of Mist and Fury).2.) I felt very weird about Cat's stance on her body. I understand most girls have problems with their body image, but she was really weird about it. At first when they call her curvy, and talk about how she can barely fit in her pants, she seems fine with it, maybe even proud. Then, throughout the book, she loses weight and it starts to feel like she was really resentful of having curves or being bigger. Her friend later tells her she should eat so she can "fatten up" and she seems appalled. This is a pretty big theme in this book, which is touched on a lot, and it feels pretty bad, I'm not going to lie. Also, one more rant (because at this point, why the hell not?): This book series is going to be called "The Kingmaker Chronicles", which makes me actually laugh out loud, because I guess the author, or publisher, or whoever was in charge of that idea, has never heard of one of the most popular fantasy series of all time, The Kingkiller Chronicle by Pat Rothfuss. I know, I know, it's a little different, but I can't unsee it and it's just so cringey to me. I'll be honest with you; I wish I would have DNFed this book. I knew at 50% this book was going to get a terrible rating and review from me. The only reason I finished was because I absolutely hate to DNF books I get ARCs of for review. I never want to discourage anyone from reading a book, so these reviews are always heavy on my heart. Hopefully, if you decided to give this one a shot, you will find more joy with it than I did.Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2018-11-02 08:27

    ***This book and the next in the series are only $0.62 on amazon US right now, people!***Solid Start.This was a great start to what I hope will be a super decent trilogy. This is my first (I think) Amanda Bouchet and I was really impressed, actually. The world building was well done and she managed to get it done without the usual first book info dump. I really like the female MC, Cat, although she does whine a lot and I sometimes wanted to punch her right in her cantankerous mouth. I am a sucker for super powers and/or magic of any kind though, so I'll let it slide. I also enjoyed all the Greek Mythology integrated into the story, although I'm not sure how accurate it all is...does Hades really cheat on Persephone? (Ana?) Also, a few other details seem a little hazy in this regard, but I am willing to suspend my misgivings for the sake of the story in this case. I really need to brush up on my Greek mythology though, yo. I used to know this shit, but apparently the brain only has so much room and I've simply read too much smut. Anyway, looking forward to book two. Hope my library has it too since it had this one!

  • Katerina
    2018-11-07 09:29

    “Everyone's an enemy.” Sweet and scorching romance. Greek mythology. Politics. Magic. Gods and monsters. Adventure.Dragons.Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!“There's one of you every two hundred years. Kingdoms rise and fall for you. Because of you.” That's the burden of being a Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through falsehood. Cat is hiding from her family and the ones who want to use her (including aforementioned, murderous family) for years, until she crosses paths with a stubborn warlord, who conquered a kingdom only a few months ago and he, well, abducts her. Griffin, also known to the world as Beta Sinta, wants to secure his family's rule by getting the mages to co-operate with him, and Cat's powers are exactly what he needs. But things are not as simple as they seem, and when mercenaries and monsters start to hunt them, when the outbreak of war is inevitable, when Gods intervene and Cat's past threatens to tear her life apart, she starts to realize that there are people who care about her and want to protect her, but the price might be too great.“When Gods dabble in the affairs of men, anything can happen.” A Promise of Fire was a delight! I started it with low expectations, but Amanda Bouchet's story captured my attention from the first page to the last! It was a whirlwind of action and magic, and Amanda mixed the fantasy element with the romance in a unique way, that satisfied both the hopeless romantic and the fantasy addict in me! I inhaled every page and it took tremendous willpower to put it down and return to boring, real life stuff like sleeping and eating. It was simple, pure pleasure!I have to commend Amanda Bouchet for the way she handled all things greek. The vocabulary (the ancient language of Gods), the mythology, the names, even the dishes (oh boy I haven't eaten moussaka in ages, I'm drooling right now)! She crafted a world based on ancient Greece but she added her own touch, with the tribes and their traditions, the power-hungry monarchs and the divided kingdoms, it was such a fascinating world you couldn't help but be a part of it!And I also liked the vibrant, colourful characters! The Beta Team? Squad goals! Griffin, Kato, Flynn, Carver and Cat, they were a warm, loud family! I loved their bickerings and their affection, and I admired the guys for tolerating Cat's insults and constant grumpiness! Cat was a badass heroine, stubborn and loyal, but she could be really short-tempered and childish, meaning she kept punching people just because she felt like it. I understand though that given her backround, these reactions were normal to her, since she didn't want friends and people to trust! Her inner monologues were very entertaining, and her sass left me snickering!“Now that that's settled, you're coming with me.""Never in a billion suns. Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn't go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal threesome with Persephone.” I actually liked that Cat kept reminding Griffin that he kidnapped her, even when she followed him on her own will. Of course, that didn't stop me for falling for this gorgeous, confident, calculative, strong warrior who resulted in violence when he had to but his soul was kind and who wanted to make a difference and help his people. There was so much sexual tension between him and Cat, and they had some incredibly sizzling scenes that left me flushed and unable to breathe, but what I enjoyed even more in their relationship was the tenderness, the sacrifices and the way it built into something meaningful and deep and warm.“You're my life now. We'll live together, or die trying.” I really, really don't know how I'm going to wait for the sequel.**My initial rating was 4 stars, but, since I can't get this book out of my head, I decided to upgrade it to 5!**Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookNest

  • Maya
    2018-10-31 06:06

    ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Oh my god!!!! This book...this book!!! I just can't form the words to describe how amazing and fantastic this story is! I have to have the second book, Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2), ASAP! Like, I'm in serious withdrawal and that's not good! Nope, not at all! Something like that has never ever happend before. I recently watched Jesse's vlog and I feel just like him in that video. So judging by that, there are some tough times before me. Like half a year tough times, since the next book doesn't come out till January 2017 and the final book in this trilogy comes out in March 2017, according to Book Depository pre-order. I'm telling you, I'm going to be in agony, waiting, crying and hoping for the book to release sooner. But let's get back to the actual plot. It's just brilliantly done! I loved every second of it and now I obviously want more! There word the author build up is so amazing. You have magic, you have wars, you have historical times and you also have this wonderful journey that you simply have to be part of. I admit that I had this book for a while befire a actually started reading it and what a huge mistake that was! Once I started I couldn't stop! It was like in invisible force that just drew me in and kept me there till it was finished with me.This book is made for fans that like to read fantasy/romance books! It has some adult scenes in it but if you take that out, you have a fantastic YA fantasy book and I would bet fans of Sarah J. Maas andLaini Taylor will love this story! It's seriously that good!Aside from the amazing world, I loved all the characters. No joke! I honestly loved all of them, even the bad guys. Of course Griffin and Cat stole my heart first but the others weren't far behind. Each character has so much personality and that made the story so much more enjoyable. I also love to see the changes in them over the flow of their journey and how they in the end became friends (most of them). And don't even get me started on the plot twists and the BIG secret Cat is keeping from Griffin. I can't wait to see how that plays out! And Cat's mother! I bet that once she makes her appearance heads are going to roll, literally! Oh man, did I mention I can't wait to read the sequel? There is so much going on!!! And my personal favourite, when do we get to see Hades? I know there's something else going on with him and Cat and I can't wait to find out just what exactly that is! This book is such an adventure! It's the world of magic, war and love and we all know that when it comes to those things, there are no rules to be broken! Only the strong and cunning shal survive!Gaaaah, I need the sequel NOW!!! Seriously folks, READ THE BOOK!!! You won't regret it!

  • Stacey is Sassy
    2018-10-24 02:18

    It seems like the Gods want Cat and Griffin to heal the world.I’m buzzing. Yep, I found one of those books. A Promise of Fire Is the type of books where all the stars align for me. The cover caught my eye and for the first time in awhile, it wasn’t because of abs of steel, the intense eyes of a very HOT guy or an Alpha looking guy who looks tough and bossy. This cover attracted me because the heroine, cover model, looks kick-arse. I saw the cover and almost instantly had thought of a character like Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. Now, I’m the extreme opposite in real life to a person like this, but who doesn’t wish they could kinda hold their own in an intense battle. Then, I read the blurb and I was definitely sucked into the want, need and desire to be part of this story. So, I took the plunge and reached for A Promise of Fire.The story starts with us meeting a very hot (literally) Cat. She is part of a Circus and has been for years. The performers took her under their wing when she turned up nearly dead. They don’t know her story, history or how a 15-year-old ended up emaciated, dirty and with blister all over her feet but they care and protect her as well as they can. Cat has felt safe there but she has always been on her guard. She hides her identity and the abilities she was born with. Her mother, the demented freakazoid, wants her back and will do ANYTHING to find her and keep her…trapped tortured and begging. Just like her childhood. Cat will do anything to protect her new family…even walk away from them…tied to what she thinks is an enemy.Griffin, also known as Beta Sinta, has been watching Cat for some time now. He knows there is something special about her and wants her intensely. He will use whatever means to get her to come with him and his Beta Team even if it involves kidnapping and tying her to himself day and night. Now that he has her in his grasp he knows she’s even more special than what he thought. The only slight problem is that she absolutely HATES HIM!! He’s a very determined man, and he’s certainly not going to let that be a barrier between them.I honestly don’t want to give too much away. The ride is intense and gripping and at times I couldn’t read fast enough or flick the pages quick enough. A Promise of Fire is one of those books where you know you should be getting ready to…go to work, feed your kids, have a shower or sleep, but you push the world back for just one more word. The kids won’t starve and I’ll sleep when I’m dead.I could take away a half star because the beginning world-building was a little confusing and hard to follow, but I find with most first books in a series that it doesn’t take long to catch up. A Promise of Fire gives you a lot of information to consider and take in and I know there is a lot more that hasn’t even been covered in this first instalment. So that half-star went back on because really, in the end, I know that all the puzzles pieces have yet to be laid out. I’m patient, I’ll wait with baited breath for more.A Promise of Fire is full of action, adventure, schemes, deceptions and wars. Dragons, giants and scary creatures are used to fight wars. Magic is everywhere and the more magic you hold either in yourself or with the allies you have, the stronger force you are. There is an intense attraction between Cat and Griffin that jumps off the pages. Cat is fighting it with everything she has, knowing that all those she loves are in danger for knowing her. Griffin will do everything and anything to protect Cat and show her the love he feels for her. I love it when the hero knows what he wants and fights to have it. No giving up from Griffin. At worst, Griffin walks away to start the battle against Cat’s defences another day.If you love a good fantasy romance A Promise of Fire is definitely worth checking out. I absolutely LOVED it!!To buy A Promise of Fire from Amazon - http://amzn.to/2aBJAuoI’m an Aussie chick who loves to read and review romance, drink coffee, be a Style Setter and stalk David Gandy. To see more of my reviews, fashion, food and pervathons -

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2018-11-08 07:15

    4.5 stars - One of my new favorite books!Straight up. This one has the kidnapping trope. It's NOT epic fantasy. It's an insta hatelust turns fated to be mated romance... yeppers. As my friend, Helen, calls it: romantasy. It has magic and the Greek Olympian Gods. But, it's primarily a love story. Thankfully, I am a HUGE romantasy fan. When reading a romance, I have different standards, I admit it. A hero can abduct a heroine and they can still fall in love. For me, that is not a deal-breaker. It was done well. There was snark, bantering, the hero was not a douche. FAR FROM IT. Griffin is my new book boyfriend.This is my Griffin.This is the first time in a long time that I have actually wanted to imagine myself as a character. Cat is arguably one of the most bad-ass, powerful, butt-kicking heroines of ALL TIME. I want her magic, her abilities. She was amazing. This book had humor, steamy lurv scenes. The writing is pretty simple, easy to read. First person present tense, which doesn't bother me at all. I'm not going to summarize or post quotes. There are a zillion reviews that already did that. I already want to re-read this, I liked it so much.There is a lot of potential here with this world. It's awesome. I will admit to some flaws, but I was able to easily get over them because the story and characters and love story was just so fantastic! My issues: (view spoiler)[Cat gets sick and almost dies twice. I dislike this plot device. I want my MCs to have adventures not be sick in bed.Several uses of the word "traitorous" when referring to Cat's feelings and body reaction to Griffin. No one should ever "mewl" in a love scene. EVER. But, at least the author made a point to joke about it.Older, experienced male with younger virginal heroine... tired trope.Cat kept secrets about her past from Griffin after she admitted she loved him. This is another plot device that bugs the heck out of me. Also, the ex-psycho girlfriend trope comes into play. I could have done without that. (hide spoiler)]I just really liked this and am not going to spend too much time questioning it. It's been awhile since I was into a bo0k this much.Buddy read with the MacHalo group. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alyssa
    2018-11-14 05:25

    GIVEAWAYWin a paperback copy of A Promise of Fire and a signed bookplate! Ends 01/25.***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***A Promise of Fire by Amanda BouchetBook One of the Kingmaker ChroniclesPublisher: Sourcebooks CasablancaPublication Date: August 2, 2016Rating: 5 starsSource: eARC from NetGalley***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***Summary (from Goodreads):Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.What I Liked:OH MY GOODNESS HOW I LOVED THIS BOOK! I had a feeling I would enjoy it, but I really really liked it. This is EXACTLY my type of romance novel! Fantasy romance is definitely a favorite of mine, and I'm really excited that Sourcebooks Casablanca's first fantasy romance novel was a real hit for me.Cat has been part of the circus for months, as a soothsayer. She's actually really powerful, able to discern lie from truth, to turn in invisible, and numerous other things, but she is hiding in the circus. Until one day, a warlord finds her, figures out what she is (the Kingmaker), and abducts her. Cat fights him at every turn, even if she's starting to feel some kinship towards the other three warriors with the warlord. Even if she's starting to feel the stirrings of powerful attraction between her and the warlord. Beta Sinta - or Griffin - may need her as the Kingmaker, but he isn't her enemy. Cat realizes that the Sintans are not as cruel as they seem, but Griffin is as stubborn as she is.Gosh I loved this book. It's been so long since I've read a good fantasy romance. If you like this one, try The Winter King by C.L. Wilson. Or if you liked The Winter King, try this book. Both books have AMAZING hate-to-love romances, between two very powerful people.The tone of this book is hilarious! The book is written in first-person, solely via Cat's perspective. Nope, we never get in Griffin's head. Cat's voice is so fun! She is funny, stubborn, spitfire-y, honest, and refreshing. She's extremely clever and strategic, and she's powerful. She wields her magic well.Griffin is a warlord - specifically, Beta Sinta. Beta meaning second, and Sinta being where he is from. The Sintans have recently dominated lots of territory. So Griffin - Beta Sinta - is the second in commend, after his sister, Alpha Sinta. Griffin is equally as stubborn as Cat, equally as intelligent, very fierce and protective and SUCH an alpha. I wish I had my own Griffin. He's very dominant and likes being in control... too bad Cat is basically a female version of him. He is a fiiiiine specimen, that's for sure. I have a visual image of him in my head and holy guacamole! *fans self more*They are seriously perfect together! Their relationship starts out really hostilely - as one would expect, since Griffin kidnaps Cat. He needs her to help his sister (Alpha Sinta), because the newly crowned Sinta royal family are not experienced in ruling. They used to be a warlord family. Cat and Griffin have so much animosity and tension between them! Cat is constantly spitting fire at him (figuratively speaking), and defying him, and punching him. Griffin is constantly ordering her around and keeping her close to him. And yet, both of them instinctively act to protect each other, in dangerous situations along the way to Sinta City. This "hate" thing and banter go on for more than half the book, which was SO fun. Hate-to-love romances are my favorite!I can't remember when they share their first kiss but *fans self*. Whew! Griffin initiated that, and Cat turned invisible for several days after that kiss (she was embarrassed). There are so many subtly steamy scenes before any kissing happens, which is really well done by the author. There is lots of kissing in the second half of the book. The sex doesn't come until three-fourths of the book, maybe a little after, but the author definitely knows how to right some steamy scenes, and ramp up the intensity. So much tension!I like how complex the authors makes the characters. Cat has a complicated history, one that Griffin is not fully aware of. Cat's mother is actually insanely and heartless. We don't get all the information about Cat's past all at once. I like how there is a slow reveal, gradually happening throughout the story. Everything is not revealed to Griffin by the end of the story, so I hope the author will address this in future books. This book is an awesome fantasy book! The world-building is so well-written, in my opinion. Initially, I thought it was set in a contemporary world with some fantasy elements, but nope. Purely fantasy world, totally created and very well crafted. There are Greek mythology references left and right, and there is a dragon!Girl power is strong in this book. Cat is physically tough, but mentally and emotionally so as well. She isn't always emotionally tough - she has to work through some heavy stuff, especially before she lets Griffin in. I liked seeing Cat's progression in development. I can't imagine not having convinced anyone of my love for this book by now! I am so pleased with this story and I can't wait to read the next book. Initially I was concerned about how the ending felt incomplete, BUT I learned from the author herself that this series is NOT a companion series (which is typical of romance series), and will continue to follow Griffin and Cat over the next two books. While this book did not end with a cliffhanger, I do have questions and it looks like they will be answered in the two future books. Hurray!What I Did Not Like:Originally, when I wrote this review, I mentioned how the ending felt incomplete, because I was expecting a showdown between Cat and her mother, and between Cat and Griffin (when Griffin finds out certain things about Cat). But, the author said that the series will continue Cat and Griffin's story, so the ending is no longer a complaint of mine!Would I Recommend It:I HIGHLY recommend this book. If you read adult romance novels, do yourself a favor and do NOT miss this book. Do it for Griffin! Sexy warlord! The banter! The hate-to-love dreaminess! The conflict, the overarching plot, the strong characters. And how about that kickbutt cover? So much to love!Rating:4.5 stars -> rounded up to 5 stars. This is easily a new favorite romance novel! If I compare it to The Winter King by C.L. Wilson, then you KNOW it must be good (I am so in love with The Winter King! And now, A Promise of Fire). I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!

  • Clara
    2018-11-11 02:25

    ** 4,5 “ONE OF MY FAVORITE FANTASY ROMANCES” stars !! **Found this book totally by accident, but what a good surprise it turned out to be ! I loooved it, slowly savoring it bit by bit, not wanting to finish it too quickly because I was enjoying myself way too much reading this gem, but ultimately it was too addictive and such a guilty pleasure that I had to finish it, too soon for my liking, but still !!What is this book about ?The story is set in a fantasy world inspired by the Greek mythology, with Gods such as Hades, Poseidon or Zeus existing and being worshipped by the people. The world here is divided into 3 realms fighting against each other : Fisa (North) whose people have magic, Tarva (Middle) and Sintan (South) without magic. Cat, a young woman who’s been hiding in the South from her family in Fisa, is very powerful and sought after by all the realms because she is the Kingmaker (there’s only one every 200 years) capable of sensing lies, making herself invisible or absorbing others’ powers to use them herself. We’re following her as she’s being abducted by Griffin, a Sintan warlord who turns out to be the famous warlord who, without magic, still managed to take over the South and erase the previous Royals who had magic by making his sister the new ruler of Sintan. Griffin knows what Cat can do and is persuaded she can help him rally people with magic to his cause in order to have fair Royals rule the realm. He growls deep in his throat. “Zeus’s bollocks, you drive me insane!” His eyes darken. He looks ready to wring my neck. “The feeling is mutual,” I assure him. I think that what first made me love this book so much is the fact that this is not solely a romance set in a fantasy world, with the fantasy elements only being there as a background to the main focus that is the romance. Here, that’s not the case. Sure, the romance is very strong but the fantasy aspect of the story is just as strong and as important, very rich and enchanting, being fully part of the story and the romance which for both fantasy lovers and romance lovers is very satisfying XD There are some things about my blood even I can’t deny. Temper is one of them. “I’ll show you temper, you oversized, egomaniacal, murdering son of a Cyclops!” I ram my foot into his groin. The second thing that I absolutely adored in this book was the characters. Cat was such a spitfire, having a hot temper, easily irritated and resorting to violence, but at the same time she was very smart, brave, skilled, lethal and badass. She’s the kind of person who saves and protects herself and the others, she doesn’t need anyone to do it for her. She was also quite funny and slowly grew through the entire book, accepting she doesn’t have to spend the rest of her life all by herself just because of who she is. Because deep down, Cat was very lonely and wanted nothing more than a real and loving family, something that Griffin will give her.Apparently satisfied, the warlord steps closer. “Now that that’s settled, you’re coming with me.” I snort, stepping back. “Never in a billion suns. Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn’t go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal threesome with Persephone.” Talking about Griffin !This man !! I absolutely melted for him ! He too goes through quite some development through the story, going from being a grumpy, violent and irritable warlord to a cocky, sweet, loving and protective lover whose temper matches Cat’s to perfection. These two were really made for each other and definitely found their match in each other !! Not only that, but they also make a great team, both very smart and working together as leaders who think the same way and discussing strategy together.Griffin frowns. “Why not? We can protect you.” My heart trips a little at his gruff tone. “I’ll protect myself.” His midnight eyebrows slam down, so I wave an ungracious hand in the air. “You can help, if I need you.” He grunts. “How generous.” I was a total fan of Cat and Griffin as a pair ! There was a lot of build-up between these two who took forever to finally give in to their feelings and desire. But originally, let’s not forget that Griffin indeed kind of kidnapped Cat so obviously she will fight her attraction and feelings for him until the very end because that wouldn’t have been realistic if she had fallen all over Griffin only 2 chapters in, so this frustration with them taking forever to find their way to each other and fighting all the time, sometimes like children (which was wonderful !) didn’t bother me and actually made me swoon the entire time with all that pent-up sexual tension that made me combust and anticipating the moment when they would finally collide !! And when they finally did, dear God I was in heaven !!!I could literally feel the passion transpiring between them through each kiss and touch which made me hot and breathless, each time waiting for things to go further but each time being denied ! But once it finally happened, it definitely wasn’t just sex, it was love, passion and friendship ! They slowly go from infuriating the other one and fighting all the time to being sweet with each other but still with great bickering and possessiveness through the entire book.His eyes are huge. “Of all the stupid, idiotic, imbecilic, reckless —” “I get it,” I moan. “— things to do!” His fingers tighten painfully. “Don’t ever do something like that again!” Anger makes me see red again. “Why not? If I want to save someone, I will! What good is the Kingmaker without a king!”As for the plot, it was quite slow and nothing really relevant happened in terms of the storyline, but it didn’t prevent the story from being fast-paced andfull of action and badass fights filled with magic, dragons, warriors and Gods !! The only thing that prevented me from giving this book 5 stars was the ending that felt a bit too abrupt, not concluding anything but at the same time not really announcing or preparing for the sequel so it felt a bit weird, but despite that, everything else was pure bliss !!All in all, if you want a fantastic fantasy romance with the world-building and the love story equally strong, this book is definitely for and I can only recommend it to you, guys !!“You’re mine. Not Cat the Soothsayer. Not Cat the Kingmaker. Just Cat.” I shiver at his words, the chills running both hot and cold. “It’s inevitable,” Griffin says softly. His gray eyes are like anchors, weighing down my heart. I shake my head. “It’s not.” “You were made for me. I know it.”

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2018-10-30 04:33

    4.5 stars! “People talk about fight or flight? That's nonsense. It's fight and flight.”I love fantasy romance, it always delivers such fun!A Promise of Fire is a mythological fantasy romance about a woman who can detect lies, among other abilities. This makes Cat very valuable to the rulers of the world who want to use her for their own gain. When the brother of a Queen recognizes Cat as a Kingmaker, he and his warriors capture her to bring her to their Queen. Griffin wants to use Cat for peace, but a lifetime of hardship has Cat convinced that is not possible. It's up to Griffin to sway her. “Now that that's settled, you're coming with me.""Never in a billion suns. Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn't go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal threesome with Persephone.”After seeing this book on lots of Best of 2016 lists, I wanted to give it a shot. I'm glad I did because it was a fun and wild read. Lots of reviews have noted Cat as annoying, and I can see where people would think that, but to me she was feisty and fierce. Could she have made better decisions? Yes. But her life circumstances never really taught her the "right" way to live, she had to learn on her own.Griffin..... oh my GriffinI love a romance where the man has to convince the girl to love him. His courtship of Cat was fun, and it was frustrating at times, but he never wavered.I loved the mix of mythology and fantasy, the mystery behind who Cat really was, the relationship of Cat with the warriors and the royals. Basically I really enjoyed this book. So much so, I ran to my local Barnes and Noble to pick up the next book before I was even done reading!!!“I conquered a kingdom and found a treasure." His voice turns gravelly, low. "I won't let you go. Not now. Not ever.”Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter

  • Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
    2018-11-13 05:32

    I've had this ARC for more than a week now and I'm wondering why I didn't start reading it immediately! This is one of those rare gems, it's also what seems like an urban fantasy but set in a high fantasy world. I devoured this book and while the ending didn't feel like a cliff hanger, I hope there's going to be more because there's definitely room for it.A Promise of Fire, is Cat's story she travels with a circus performing as a soothsayer. While she's very close her to her fellow performers who she also regards as her family, none of them really know who she is, her past is obviously a sore subject and brings back painful memories.Until Beta Sinta arrives and tears her world and secrets apart. Beta Sinta is a warlord looking for a Kingmaker and he's pretty sure that Cat is one. He kidnaps her and along with Beta team they travel back to his home with Cat bound to him by an enchanted rope.I can't tell you how many times the heroine in this book had me in stitches. The banter between Cat and Griffin was hilarious. Cat's character is spunky and fierce, she's an independent take no prisoners kind of girl. Griffin is the ultimate alpha male, but definitely not a jerk. He was so protective of Cat, and would have laid down his life for her.I loved the Beta team, Kato and Flynn wore so cute and so protective of Cat. They were the loving big brothers Cat had never had. I also loved Griffin's family and how they welcomed Cat so easily into their midst.Something else I loved about this book was the strong sense of adventure and the abundance of magic in all its forms. It was thrilling!Andromeda the villain in the story had the perfect amount of evil bitch to make me hate her! And despite there being very few smexy scenes, there was enough sexual tension that I didn't even miss them.If you're looking for a fun fantasy romance with a strong heroine who falls for an equally strong hero then this book has all those ingredients! Throw in a hefty dose of adventure and magic and you're all set!

  • Rachel E. Carter
    2018-10-17 03:06

    ABSOLUTELY LOVED. This book was everything I didn't know I wanted. If all adult fantasy was like this I would read it just as often as YA fantasy. Can't freaking wait for the sequel! And I know I said this already, but this book was like Greek mythology + The Scorpion King combined. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. And the writing style was right up my freaking alley, not pretentious or overly drawn out detail, just lots of snark and kickass fighting.

  • Caitlin
    2018-11-14 02:33

    This is now the second time I've read this book and I love it just as much as I did the first time. It's incredible and I love it!! 4.5 STARS "Kingdoms rise and fall for you. Because of you."This was honestly such a random purchase but I'm so glad I picked it up! I was scrolling through my local Dymock's instagram feed and they were excited about the release of book 2 and the covers were so beautiful that I went, you know what? let's go buy book 1! Luckily this random cover buy paid off because I absolutely loved this book.This is definitely such a hidden gem and I'd highly recommend picking it up if you're after a new adult high fantasy. There's dragons, Greek Gods, magic, lusty romance and a kick ass squad and family. I absolutely adored every single character and I'm still high key sitting here clapping about how happy this book made me! Real talk: why not a full 5 stars? Welllllllll it was a bit predictable. It's what I expect from a debut novel to be honest so I'm not mad about it. Plus, there were a few scenes that I had to reread to fully grasp what was going on and who this character was. Basically if you want a run down, we have Cat who's snarky and sarcastic. She lives in a circus and she predicts peoples future (kind of) because she can tell the difference between what's a lie and what's truth and SOMETIMES she can see the future. Also, she can extract other peoples magic and use it herself. However, one day she gets taken by Griffin, a warlord who's trying to find someone with magic that will help his family who has just taken over the throne. Along with Griffin, we have Carver, Flynn and Kato who all had me in stitches. I just loved every single member of the gang. I just love strong friendships and characters who are accepting new members into their team. Of course, like most novels right now, our two main characters start to fall for each other. I was once again in stitched by Cat's inner monologue of OH SHIT I THINK I LIKE HIM ABORT ABORT OH NO I HATE HIM. I actually really liked Griffin and Cat together and I liked that there wasn't any unnecessary drama caused to split them up - sure, they had their arguments and their moments of separation but there were no moments where they broke up for no reason just for them to get back together 2 pages later. "I love you, Cat. I would do anything to keep you safe. That is my binding vow."I can't wait to read book 2! I'd highly recommend this series - it's so underrated.

  • Helen 2.0
    2018-10-20 08:13

    He looks at me like he might not be able to breathe without me - like maybe he wouldn't even want to.I've known all sorts of fear - fear of pain, fear of discovery, fear of capture. This is new. This is the kind of fear that teaches me the difference between trying to stay alive, and wanting to live.Another buddy read with the crazy MacHalo tribe. Since lots of my buddies loved this one, here are a few romantasy books with similar premises: Touch of Power (<--- great author)Vengeance BornWarprize (<--- loved this heroine)A Promise of Fire is a feel-good fantasy with an engaging mythical world, addictive chemistry between the leads, and a lovable supporting cast. The plot features Cat, a runaway circus psychic with a family that far surpasses "dysfunctional". She's spent the better part of her life running from past nightmares and her psychotic queen mother. Cat unfortunately struck me at once as a classic Mary Sue archetype. All the signs are there: -ridiculously overpowered; can steal, absorb, and gift any kind of magic, can discern lies and the truths behind them, can see the future in dreams, has the Gods on her side-everybody loves her; not one but four gods apparently favor her, all her circles (circus friends, Beta Team, Sinta royals) are loyal to her, even in her crazy family she's the mom's favorite-withstands every challenge; soldiers, crazy tests from oracles, murderous family, (view spoiler)[DRAGONS (hide spoiler)], poison, etc-"special" from birth; (view spoiler)[more specifically, she's the lost princess that all her people adore and miss (hide spoiler)], not to mention she's the Kingmaker who only appears every few centuriesSo you see why I was worried I'd end up hating Cat for all she's worth. However, it turns out she has a quick wit, a tough outer shell, and a traumatic past that affects all her actions in the present. Plus, she's missing that wide-eyed, naive "why me" act that generally makes me want to strangle Mary Sues. So, all in all, I like her despite the above points.But put all that aside and enter Griffin, the hulking warlord-turned-royal who swoops in to kidnap Cat for his regime. I've always been a sucker for the "kidnapped for her power, but kept for her love" storyline. Griffin is the perfect book boyfriend: ruthless when he needs to be, kind and gentle in sweet rare moments, and damn sexy 24/7.The fantasy world Amanda Bouchet has built is really interesting, although the first-person present tense makes its discovery painfully slow as Cat only drops hints and never full explanations of her surroundings & past. In Thalyria, 3 kingdoms live in unstable peace, with the north harboring most of the realm's magic. The southernmost kingdom Sinta has just experienced a coup in which long-standing magical royals were overthrown by popular non-magical revolutionaries. This starts a power upheaval in the whole region. Overseeing all this are the ancient Greek gods, reimagined here as far more involved in earthly people's affairs. Very cool!Favorite quote: "So, a strapping warlord, who is actually Beta Sinta, takes one look at you and decides he has to have you?" Desma asks. "Apparently," I answer."But why? Why you?""Because I'm cute and funny?"They stare at me. "No, really," Desma insists. "Why you?"BRing book 2, Breath of Fire, with the MacHalos this weekend.

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2018-10-26 06:21

    First of all, a giant thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me this ARC for an honest review! Seeing as most of my friends love this book, let me start off by saying I certainly had fun reading it. It was most definitely a page turner. Will I continue to book two? You bet. But I do have some problems with it that ruined my experience a bit. I'll mark the spoilers so don't worry! The PlotI'm not going to give a full synopsis, but essentially we follow a girl who is in hiding because of what she is (the Kingmaker) from her former kingdom. She's discovered pretty quickly though by a new band of gents and is "kidnapped" / whisked away to their newly captured kingdom. First and foremost, this book focuses on the romance/angst. I can't believe I'm going to say this- but I really wish it had taken a backseat (believe me.. I NEVER say that.) But the romance payoff could have been much stronger if the other plot details came into play more. The thing is... the plot that is building underneath the romance is actually quite strong. The romance in itself annoyed me. Don't get me wrong, I like angst and slow burn- but this was so focused on lust. These two kids literally know nothing about each other on a personal level. At times, I really enjoyed their dynamic... and I'm sad to see lost potential. Not to mention it was a bit too possessive. The history of our heroine is built up to be really interesting (even though its PAINFULLY obvious what her secret is,) I'm still super interested to see what happens when shit hits the fan. I was pretty disappointed that all the build up with the other kingdom has yet to pay off. Last complaint: (view spoiler)[Okay for real- that whole part with Helene? The other girl that has a "crush" on Griffen and threatens Cat and stabs her just over jealousy? So unbelievable. I can't even believe that stereotype just happened. Seriously... couldn't Helene have had some depth or some other reason to make her more believable and viable as a threat? So dumb.(hide spoiler)]*Please note that this is NA. This was a bit TMI and graphic for me and I found myself skipping quite a bit.The MCI had a difficult time connecting with Cat (our resident heroine.) I feel like most readers will enjoy her- she's definitely sassy/sparky/strong willed- but I think it was the thoughts in her head that drove me a little nuts. Her personality just felt a little forced. I think what annoyed me the most though was the fact that she was a little "too" conveniently powerful/badass. Her magic was just just downright corny to me. Fire breathing? Invisibility? Lie detector? Future teller? Can steal anyone else's magic? Yeesh woman. The World Building I kid you not. This is a completely new fantasy world but it revolves around greek mythology. I'm talking Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, all them folks. That just weirded me out. Religion aside, the world building was a bit confusing. The country names are all similar and I was frequently confused on which country was which (a map would have helped) The structure just feels odd. There are no kings or queens. The leaders are referred to as Apha or Beta... so on, so forth. I think this was an attempt at being original (and it was) but I was just scratching my head most of the time. So what was strong then?I really enjoyed the rest of the characters. The rest of Beta Sinta's team and family were quite fun. I also loved the whole prospect of the kingdom they were trying to build. The politics and struggles were really interesting and I got really attached to their goals. I'm also really looking forward to the inevitable war that happens when Cat is discovered to be among them. Despite my complaints, I'm still super rooting for Cat/Griffin/the rest of the gang.So while this book wasn't a bust or anything, I just feel like there was so much more potential. Perhaps we'll see that in book two. My Blog ~ Instagram

  • Choko
    2018-11-10 09:26

    *** 3.33 ***A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks!I think this is a case of "it's not you, it's me"... I was very excited about this book, after all, look at that cover!!! And it is named similarly to many of my favorite Fantasy books. So I was all in.It started well enough, a circus, magic-wielding beings, a sassy young woman with mysterious origin and hiding from her past ran away with the circus folks and has made them her family... Then this alpha-male Warlord snatches her for himself, supposedly because of her unusual magical talent, but it is obvious her curves and looks all together are a good enough reason by themselves. So, this dude and his warrior buddies kidnap her against her will, are planning on using her, and just because they don't mistreat her otherwise they think she should be happy and grateful to them! That kept me pissed most of the time, mostly because they never once thought of what they did as wrong and kept not understanding why she is not delirious with happiness to be part of their gang! Wanted to beat them all over the head with a 2X4, repeatedly!!!I am all for the " hot dude kidnaps hot dudette and after angst and drama lust is born" trope in PNR, but in those there is the understanding in both sides that although there is a presumed reason for the kidnapping, in its entirety it is not right. Then they go through emotional changes on their way to justify their attraction and we reach the inevitable sex... Here, only she had some issues with being forced to leave her space and loved ones behind, and showed some flimsy excuse for a fight. She was eager and willing to accept her kidnappers' argument of why she will be better with him. That was my main issue. The other one was that for a supposed tough-ass chick, Cat was immature and whiny as a 13 year old on a camp, while she really wants to be home watching the Kardashians brat!!! I wanted to smack her just for the principal of things! Yep, so usually, if a main character bugged me as much as she did, I would go with a lower rating, but I have to say that the story otherwise was imaginative and engaging, the guys were alluring, although the way they fawned over her was nauseating most of the time, and his family was very cool! The magic was interesting and I would not mind learning more about the world as a whole.I think this could be a good book for PNR fans, but I hope the next book gets better.Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a Good book!!!

  • Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
    2018-11-03 04:34

    Nothing thrills me more than discovering a new book, author, or series that sparks a desire to plant myself on the couch and not get up ‘til I have read all there is to read. Nothing saddens me more than realizing this is book one and I’m going to have to wait for more! GAH! Okay guys, what was my blurb immediately after reading A Promise of Fire? “Ilona Andrews just found some competition! This was fantastic!” It’s been a week since, and after time and reflection I still one hundred percent feel the same way. As I said before, it’s been a minute since I’ve felt this way and I like it! It’s an immediate drop into the clairvoyant Cat’s world. A gritty hot circus with magical intrigue and danger lurking about. Cat is on the run, trying to stay in disguise and hidden away from a ruthlessly evil and maniacal family. She keeps her head down and avoids anything that will reveal who she really is. Problems erupt when a Warlord has become drawn to her. Snatching Cat and taking her home is what Griffin has found himself compelled to do. He will do what needs to be done to keep himself and his people safe. I gotta say… yes, it’s a love story. Yes, it’s a classic I-hate-you-I-love-you tale. But it’s also an action packed, magical fueled world of funny banter, creative imagery, and fantasy rolled into one terrifically wonderful new read.Plenty of doors have been opened for more books to come, with a plotline that has a fountain of opportunities to weave a deeper more involved story. Amanda Bouchet is a first time author, but I see a long and fan filled careering ahead of her.*ARC provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca Top Pick for Summer 2016http://ktbookreviews.blogspot.com/201...Follow us on KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinteresttumblrYouTubeBook Babblers

  • Jilly
    2018-10-25 09:16

    So, our heroine is trying to avoid her fate and a prophecy, so she joins the circus. Until a group of guys kidnap her and tie her up in a magic rope that she can't escape from, even though she is apparently the most powerful being ever. You might even call her "special".This comic is right, our heroine, Cat, is a big old baby. She throws temper tantrums, hits when she's angry, freaks out over everything, thinks she is the center of the universe, and even wipes her mouth and says "eww, gross" when her love-interest kisses her.It's truly hard to like her. I just wanted to yell "Grow up!" at her throughout the book.On the other hand, her "love interest" is a complete alpha asshole. He kidnaps her and then wonders why she doesn't like him and why she isn't happy with this arrangement. He ties her to him and won't even give her the privacy of using the bathroom (bushes) without him. (But, don't worry, there is a handy deus ex machina power that she has to make sure it works out fine.) He is constantly man-handling her and threatening her, along with leering and being sexually aggressive towards her. It's totally creepy, but lo and behold, she gets a fast case of Stockholm Syndrome going so she likes him back. Of course, if she somehow wasn't attracted to her kidnapper, this would be a totally different story. But, it all works out because it's sexy when a guy abuses you and threatens to kill everyone you love if you leave him.I can tell you really love me when you kill anyone else I would want to spend time with. You want me all to yourself! *sigh*The story is set in world with the Greek Gods in charge, a bunch of kingdoms, and a population mixed with magical and non-magical people. Cat is called a Kingmaker because she can detect lies and then hears the truth when they speak one. So, she is helpful in the politics game. Lies burn her on the inside, like a stun-gun or something. I won't make a joke about her being liquefied if she ever visited Congress, or something like that . Too obvious.The hero, Griffin, and his family just took over a kingdom and they don't have magic. They need her to help them hold their power. And, shock of shocks, they want to help the people and shit. They are actually noble and good. WTH? Noble and good in politics? Of course, they have no problem kidnapping a young woman, taking her from her job and friends, threatening to kill them if she leaves, and using her for her power..... Yet, strangely, these things are never really addressed. Everyone acts like she should be happy to be forced into their service.Maybe they aren't so noble and good after all.Ah, much better...Still, in spite of those things, once I got on board with this being a kidnapper-to-lover story, I did like it. I still wanted to strangle Cat many times and tell her to grow up and tell the truth for a change, but I enjoyed the story anyway. I'm on to the next one.

  • Lonna | FLYLēF
    2018-11-11 08:24

    MUCH TO MY surprise, Amanda Bouchet’s A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles 1) was a delightful indulgence I could not put down. With a feisty heroine, Greek-infused setting, heart-pounding action, and tantalizing sexual chemistry, the pages in this series debut don’t just turn—they fly!Catalia "Cat" Fisa is the Kingmaker, magically gifted and born once every 200 years. Yet, she has no interest in her power and would like nothing more than to go unnoticed. Narrated from Cat’s POV, her voice is unique and endearing, yet sparkle and sassy. Her runaway mouth is a fountain of unfiltered, sly humor. Her obvious love for sarcasm makes Cat a genuinely fun and fresh heroine. I found myself giggling endlessly.Griffin is a warlord intent on bringing peace to his magic-deprived realm. When he discovers that Cat is the Kingmaker, he will stop at nothing to have her, including abduction. As Griffin’s captive, Cat torments him at every turn and a delicious romance begins to spark. It's quite tender that a man like Griffin—arrogant, yet reasonable—has the patience of a god, and the understanding of a lover. Their sexual chemistry sizzles.While the romance was perhaps the most unexpected treat, I also enjoyed the adrenaline-fueled battles, political treachery, and a host of magical creatures. But most of all, it was a joyous ride that bound me to Cat as she discovered there’s more to living than just simply surviving.A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet is a highly promising debut. There’s still so much I'd like to know about these characters and their world. I purchased this book on a whim, but I'm more than ready to dive into the second installment. Please excuse me while I go in search of Breath of Fire.

  • Maria V. Snyder
    2018-11-06 06:26

    This book was fantastic!! I loved it!! A great blend of fantasy and romance and I loved all the characters. Basic plot - Griffin kidnaps Cat because she has magic and his realm is in dire need. It has a similar tone and humor of my book, Touch of Power as Griffin's "merry men" are like Kerrick's group. There's lots of action and Cat is willing to sacrifice herself for others similar to Avry. If you enjoyed Touch of Power then you'll enjoy this one as well.I've only two very small quibbles (view spoiler)[Yes, Cat hates and fights Griffin at every turn - it's understandable, but her resistance despite her feelings get a bit tiresome near the end of the book - it's like holding a music note just a bit too long. The other is Daphne getting the drop on Cat in the pool- I don't think Cat would have let her guard down, but it helped Cat finally stop trying to push Griffin away so I'm willing to go with it.(hide spoiler)]One thing I'm very happy about (view spoiler)[ the book does NOT end in a cliffhanger - thank you Amanda!(hide spoiler)]I already have book 2 and can't wait to read it!

  • nick
    2018-11-09 05:30

    After devouring nearly 450 pages of A Promise of Fire, my immediate reaction was "HOT DAMN! Give me the next book already!". Yes, folks, this book was that bloody brilliant for me. I feel like I inhaled every second of this book and there wasn't one scene that I didn't love with every fiber of my being. I knew going into A Promise of Fire that it would be a phenomenal book but I didn't realize just how much I was going to be obsessed. This is hands-down my favorite book of the year and I need more.What made this book such a winner for me were the characters. The book is told through the POV of Cat, who was one very entertaining heroine. She was fiery, sassy and didn't mince her words and I just loved being inside her head. It's been a while since I've read about a heroine so witty and brazen and it helped that Cat was funny too. I've struggled with heroines like Cat in the past, who are basically tigresses, when it comes to personality, but Cat also had her vulnerabilities, that she slowly revealed throughout the book that made her down-to-earth and relatable. As a child, she was tortured and everything that she loved was brutally taken away from her by her cold, uncaring and ruthless mother, who had absolutely zero qualms for brutalizing her daughter in a such a way. Cat's history shaped who she was and explained why she was so stubborn and refused to let anyone in. Her fears and guilt made her sympathetic as a character and helped me understand why she was the way she was. Her hotheadedness certainly had a way of getting her in trouble, but I loved that even though she was this all-powerful being as the Kingmaker, with all kinds of abilities, she had her flaws and often made mistakes - they made her likeable. And she was so badass. I just wanted to be best friends with her.Cat finds her match in Griffin and holy freaking swoon! This guy. THIS GUY. I seriously loved Griffin so so much. He was an alpha male to the core, who wasn't afraid to go after what he wanted. At the beginning of A Promise of Fire, he was this mysterious warlord who seemed to be hiding a lot, but as he slowly opened up to Cat, his personality started to emerge and I loved the guy even more. He was fierce, loyal and very very grumpy (especially around Cat). Despite him being this tough badass hero, he was also warmhearted and compassionate, when it came to his family - his love for them was pure and made me fall for him even harder. I also loved the secondary characters in A Promise of Fire. They were all beautifully fleshed-out and had distinct and loveable personalities. My favorites however, were Carver, Kato and Flynn, who were part of Griffin's team. These guys were a riot! Their bromance, their constant teasing of each other and just their pure devotion to each other was absolutely endearing. This is a friends group where the camaraderie was absolutely palpable. Add Cat to that group, and you can just imagine the mischief that they get into. Just thinking about them is making me smile at my computer like a fool! I also loved Griffin's family, especially his adorable sisters, who I'm crossing my fingers will end up with the guys on Griffin's team.A Promise of Fire hooked me in from the opening scene involving the magical circus that Cat was part of. That first scene was described so vividly, I felt like I was right there watching Cat's friends' acts. That feeling of being so absorbed never dimmed and I think that really speaks to the incredible talent that Amanda Bouchet undeniably possesses. The world building was crafted and executed to perfection. While readers aren't privy to all the complexities to this world just yet as this is a trilogy, what we were provided with in this first novel was the perfect amount, neither making it underwhelming or overwhelming. I loved how the author weaved Greek mythology and magic into this fantasy world - it left me bewitched, and craving for more. Magic and politics aren't the only strong suits that A Promise of Fire had going for it - I loved all the creatures that Cat and her team encountered (there's a dragon!!), along with the Gods. This book was just so fascinating! Do you see why I was so obsessed? Also the villain? We haven't even fully met her yet in this installment and I have the chills just thinking about her. She's twisted and manipulative and I can't wait to see what she throws in Cat and Griffin's paths.Though I LOVED every part of A Promise of Fire, my favorite has to be the romance. I will admit to being a bit scared at first because Griffin did kidnap Cat and I was worried that it would feel too much like Stockholm Syndrome, but I thought Amanda Bouchet handled it really well. I loved this romance. LOVED. It had one of my favorite tropes with it being antagonistic. Griffin and Cat fought like cats and dogs, but oh my gosh, every scene between them was laced with sexual tension and scorching chemistry. They both had very strong personalities, so they were constantly scuffling, but as you read through their scenes together, everyone but them knows that they also want to rip each others' clothes off and give in to that intense lust. Their romance was slow-burning because it took time for Cat to open up her heart to Griffin because she's terrified of losing him, but once they did give in, their romance was a great combination of sweet and sexy. I can't wait to have more of their romance in the next installments.A Promise of Fire was an incredible fantasy romance. I could go on and on about all the love that I have for this book. I'm so so excited to read more from The Kingmaker Chronicles. If this first book is any indication, it's going to be an epic, magical and romantic ride. While I wait for Breath of Fire to be out in January, I will be re-reading my favorite scenes from this novel over and over again.----------------------FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR!! Holy shit, was this awesome or what? It had such a great premise, executed bloody brilliantly. The world, the mythology, the mother-effing DRAGONS were EPIC. But my favorite part? The hot as sin romance! I feel like I was in a constant state of combustion whenever Griffin and Cat were in a scene together whether they were bantering, making out or trying to kill each other. SERIOUSLY. One of the best hate to love romances I've ever read. I just really really need it to be January 2017 so I can get my hands on the next book.

  • Katie Michaels
    2018-11-12 01:22

    Just when I start to worry that there is nothing new and fresh on the market to wow me, along comes this really awesome fantasy romance to put my fears to rest. This book engaged me from the very beginning. It's interesting. The world building is a cool blend of Greek mythology, magic, and elements unique to the story. The main characters are solid, and best of all, I cared about them. It's got that indefinable spark that made me connect and invest in what was happening. Still not sold? Let me back up.Urban fantasy readers have met this kind of heroine before. Cat is laying low. The daughter of a highly powerful being, her very life stands as a threat to their power. Kind of Kate Daniels-y in that way. And her childhood was forged in torture and blood. Kind of like Kit Colbana. And she is tough yet vulnerable much like both of those heroines. She has her own power, but she has to hide it in order to hide herself. But for all of her similarities to those other popular heroines, I felt like she was very much her own person and this is very much its own story.Anyway, she is hiding out in a circus when Garrett crosses her path. Somehow, the powerful warlord has figured out one of the secrets she holds close. She is what's called a kingmaker. Cat can feel the difference between a truth and a lie, and that is only the beginning of her powers. Garrett kidnaps her and forces her to come with him back to his sister's kingdom.I thought I would kind of hate the kidnapping trope, and at first it put me off to Garrett. But as he did with Cat, he wormed his way into my good graces. His family now rules one of the nearby lands. They are good people. But they are humans. They need Cat, her guidance, and her magic to hold on to what they've gained. And while at first she fights the idea with everything in her, she grows to love not only the group, but specifically the man who has changed her life.I really just love the contrasts in Cat's character. She is so jaded. She believes the worst in people because that is the life she has known. But in other ways, she is naïve. I loved watching the simple goodness and kindness of Garrett's people begin to affect her on the fundamental level. I loved watching her accept friendship and love, while still being the prickly powerhouse that she always was. I love Garrett's stalwartness, his steadiness and strength. I believed in their growing feelings for one another and I wanted so much for it to work.This book is clearly the first in a new series. It gives us a short-term ending, but it leaves me wanting more. Not a cliffhanger or anything, but it's just good. And I want more of these characters and more of their story. I would definitely recommend this one for fans of fantasy romance. I'm sad it's over.Rating: A-*ARC provided by publisher

  • Gio
    2018-11-12 08:21

    “Character, past, and environment all affect the choices we make. The trick is choosing a path and following it. Make a decision, and don’t turn back.” Action Packed Prickly BadAss Snarky Heroine CatPossessive Warlord Hero GriffinRoyal FamiliesConquering KingdomsRunning From One GodFavored By Other God'sDestinyBattle's With Giants And DragonsSword FightsMagicTreacheryMysteryRevengeSexual TensionSlow BurnSweet Healing RomanceBig Gigantic Cliffhanger

  • Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
    2018-11-01 01:22

    I loved this book's concept: hot romance, greek mythology, politics, magic, adventure, gods and monsters! Cat is hiding from her past (which includes murderous family) until she crosses paths with a stubborn warlord who just conquered a kingdom and then kinda sorta abducts her...“He’s from the south of Sinta, where muscle and cunning decide who lives or dies. Our paths would never have crossed in the past, and warlords don’t usually frequent the circus.”Meet our two characters from different countries, with different cultures, histories, and beliefs.(Fight, fight, fight, kiss, kiss, kiss) Griffen wants to help his family's rule by getting mages to help him and Cat's(known) powers as a Kingmaker. But not all is what it seems in this chaotic world: mercenaries and monsters begin to ruthlessly hunt them.With war on the horizon, Gods intervene and Cat's past threatens to tear her apart then she realizes she has begun to care about people but there is always a price. The bill be paid. "When Gods dabble in the affairs of men, anything can happen." I loved this world created on ancient Greece but with an added touch of tribes and traditions, power hungry monarchs, and divided kingdoms. I mean come on! I was basically inhaling every page and event and it took all my willpower to put it down and return to stupid real life “I hurl the Cerberus figurine at Sybaris’s head, praying to Poseidon, Hades, and anyone else who might be listening that something useful will happen.”I loved the vibrant characters: Beta Team was literally Squad Goals. Griffen, Kato, Flynn, Carver, then later Cat. The bickering, the affection, the bantering, just amazing! “What are you doing?” The warlord sits again, resting his sword across his lap.“The Gods might punish your gargantuan ego, O Scary One. I’m trying to avoid the lightning bolts.”Cat was a badass heroineWho grew up constantly overanalyzing every move, expecting a fight at every corner. “People talk about fight or flight? That's nonsense. It's fight and flight.” She tried to avoid complications or really any attachments, because feelings only get you killed. She was stubborn but fiercely loyal to the few she deemed worthy enough. She would fight to the death for her loved ones no matter what “Have I cheated death again? Hades must be allergic to me.”Her inner monologues were hilarious and the sass! Oh gods. “I try to smile back but feel my expression twist into a dash of murderous, a pinch of maniacal, and a sprinkle of watch your back. Oops.”Her all powerful nature is overcome with some stupid piece of rope. I know right? “Her sculpted lips purse. “Help me understand a ‘sort of’ abduction,” Selena says, pouring me a cup of water. "Well, it sounds stupid when you say it like that."Its later laughed upon because of how stupid powerful she is and how stupid easy it was to get her. But after a while her stubborn nature understands that she has a part to play in the upcoming events and after running for so long it took a whole capture to get her to open her eyesWhile Griffen kidnapped her, she later choses to follow him of her own will. He is gorgeous, confident, calculative, and a strong warrior who was violent when he needs to but a kind soul who wants to help people. After facing, Oracles, Gods, monsters, and general bad guys they began to trust each other. “What’s your horse’s name? All this time, and I never thought to ask.” “Horse.” I roll my eyes. “That’s original.” “Brown Horse,” he amends.”Theres some funny moments with his dry, barbaric humor. They learn to tolerate I mean trust each other. It wasn't insta-love or anything but an actual relationship with tenderness, sacrifices, and the way it builds into something meaningful and deep. "You're my life now. We'll live together, or die trying." *swoon* Griffen's family was so hilarious naive . They were all help others like, the kind of people you wish were in the power but are rarely strong enough to keep it Which is why they need ol' ruff and tuff Griffen and sassy Cat to keep it together“What were you doing there?” She sounds genuinely interested, and a little awed.“Mostly getting tortured,” I answer. “Loads of fun.”It was just an epic journey that you just had to be a part of! What was amazing was how each character started out with unique cool perspectives but you also begin to see changes in them over the journey and how they each became friends. I HATE IT WHEN A HUGE EPIC EVENT HAPPENS AND AFTERWARDS THE CHARACTERS DON'T CHANGE AT ALL LIKE ~OH YUP SAME SHIT AS ALWAYS~Character development people! ....and don't even get me started on the BIG secret Cat is keeping from Griffen and like dude heads are gonna roll, LITERARILY! Have I mentioned how much I can't wait to read the sequel.

  • Nastassja
    2018-11-03 09:28

    I am on express-review mode at the moment, because real life won't let me off its hook for foreseeable future, and I refuse to abandon writing reviews even if there's thunder and earthquake and flood and the end of the world, so yeah, express-review mode it is!I had zero expectations starting A Promise of Fire, just wanted something light and funny. Luckily this book turned out what I just needed at the moment and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would! I won't beat around the bush, so here are reasons to read this book:● Main character Cat. She's hilarious from the capital H. The girl never gives up, even in the direst of situations she finds something funny to say. She's sassy and snarky and absolutely adorable. “Have I cheated death again? Hades must be allergic to me.” “Now that that's settled, you're coming with me.""Never in a billion suns. Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn't go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal threesome with Persephone.” ● Humor. I've already said it a couple of hundreds times and here is one hundred and one: this book is very funny; I laughed my pants off, seriously! ● Greek mythology. I love Greek mythology from the times I was a child and had this precious collection of Creek myths and legends book. Now, mix Greek mythology with action, humor and romance and you've got a very intriguing mix on your plate. Besides, the heroine has Cerberus pet, how cool is that!! ● Romance. I am not a very huge fan of adult fantasy romance, because in most cases it's a huge cliche with tons of erect penises and nipples, but in this one I found myself enjoying Cat and Griffin's interactions thoroughly. What a hot mess they are! And funny! Seriously? It’s over, just like that. No more tussle. No more hard, heavy body on top of mine. No more hot breath in my ear. No more tongue.Thank the Gods. Gag!Sort of.Except not at all.Gah! I’m going insane!Well, the only issue I had with the romance and the story itself is that after approximately 60% of the book it turned all sugary and sex-filled: mountain-shaking level sex-filled. I am kidding you not.A bright light flashes from me, and thunder rolls through the room.Now, you probably know how I feel about Sarah J Maas level of sexiness in books *whispers* shaking mountains *cringe*, but in the case of this book I think it's forgivable, considering it's an adult book, and, you know, lightning is an important thing in Greek mythology. So yeah, we are letting this one go uncriticized this time.Overall, if you are looking for a guilty pleasure kind of read that will entertain you thoroughly and let you forget for a moment about everyday life problems, you are at the right address. This book worked perfectly for me and I will probably read book 2 in the series as well, because I need more snark in my life.

  • Yodamom
    2018-10-29 06:14

    Fantasy, Greek Gods, Snark, Magic and Romance, Strong Women, Hot Alpha Men, Complex World Building with Fantastic Characters you can’t help but connect to. What else could you want ? Nothing this book is a complete winner.I finished it with tingly butterfly feelings of happiness.Cat is a young woman hiding from her past and the future she dreads. She has abilities that made her a hot property, desired by many. She is my kind of woman, a complete smart aleck, educated, street smart, and she has powers, really great powers. She hides in the circus, blending in, in plain sight until one difficult warlord takes her freedom away.The difficult warlord, aka Griffin is and arrogant cut throat intelligent who has “Eyes like Poseidon's wrath-stormy, gray, intense- the kind of eyes that hold you there.” Oh yeah, he is one hot alpha man, and he’s got a need that must be met and Cat is the answer. That need is, read the book and find out. I’ll tell you there is more than one need.The side characters are almost as good as the main ones. Griffin’s men are all uniquely funny, sexy and fully developed. Then there are the gods and goddesses and mythical beasties, Medusa, Hades, Zeus, dragons, Cerberus and more.I will be sweating out waiting for the next book in the series. There was some serious stuff going down and I need know !Here are a few lines that I loved, they still make me chuckle. Cat-“The mace he carries tells me he’d rather bludgeon than slice. I get that. There’s something satisfying about whacking people over the head.”- How could I not love this character ? Cat-“Never n a billion suns. Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn’t go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal threesome with persephone” 2nd read After my second read- I am upping my 4.5 rating to 4.7. I loved re-reading it blaring through it in less than 2 days. I purchased the audio for my second read- wonderful narration I love a smart arse and Cat fit that title very well. It was protective shield for her, her past had been harsh and her future bleak. She was unique in her abilities and I immediately liked her tough shell of insecurity and bravado. I liked her even more the second time. She was all fake it till you make it, which I can connect too.Griffin, was a pompous sexy arse. In the beginning it was hard to like him, but as the story developed his shell cracked too. He developed into a good scared and flawed man. He was so hard, I didn't catch it in the first read. I adore a challange character, one who does not back away, who doesn't promise happiness, he fit that very well.The tension I felt in the first reading stayed through the re-read. Conflict, sexual tension, and survival feed my reading addicted heart . The fact that she was his prisoner intensified the tension, but didn't go to the usual place. He was honest, and did not take advantage. I didn't really consider this in my first read. Big kuddos there, many authors go there, it's something that will make me DNF a book.I am completely in love the humorous Kato, Flynn and Carver. The three amigos of balance for the arse-holeness.The magic, and mythos still held well and thrilled me. Poseidon, he is my favorite god, so won me there.

  • Obsidian
    2018-11-06 08:16

    Sorry, not sorry.But after reading to 37 percent or to chapter 12 I had enough. There was still too much not explained and I didn't give one whoot about the main character Cat. The world building was a mess and the flow from chapter to chapter was off. I have no idea what is going on and I don't care. And guess what, it's not romantic to keep a woman tied up and then have the woman somehow falling for the guy whose doing it. The book begins with “Cat” Catalia Fisa who is hiding out in at traveling circus of some sort. She pretends to be a soothsayer, though she really can see the future, or something. I don't know. I am tired of trying to figure her out and since the author didn't set this character up very well at all all I can say is that she is a Kingmaker and she is obviously hiding from someone. Cat is kidnapped by a band of men with the leader, Beta Sinta. He realizes what Cat is and takes her away to his sister who is on the throne of one of the kingdoms mentioned in this book who needs Cat in order to hold onto power. Cat apparently has magic and can do things, I guess, I don't know. So far I am not too impressed by her. Even though she's kidnapped, she still finds herself attracted to Beta Sinta and worries about him. As one does when they are tied up with a rope and tied to the person who kidnapped them. And oh yeah, she seems to be naked sometimes and blushes when he comes near her. Eyeroll city right now.I can't give much thought about anyone else. We have a huge cast of characters I didn't feel interested in at all. Amanda Bouchet does not do a good job of developing characters at all. I need to actually know why in the world I should ignore what Beta Sinta (I am sick of typing that out) is doing just because he's trying to save his sister in her quest to stay on a throne? Heck the only one I did like at this point was the character of Flynn who actually says to Beta Sinta at one point of course Cat would punch and attack him when he keeps her tied up. This is in reference to Cat stupidly giving him (Beta Sinta) a promise to not strike him (she did a vow) and when she breaks it is attacked by the Furies. The writing was so-so. I feel like at this point everyone has been walking for a million miles. If Cat was interesting at all maybe I would have been able to stick with the book, but she's not. There's a ton of hints by her all of the time about things, and I just wanted something spelled out. The flow wasn't very good and I honestly just got bored by the time the character Cat runs into her "friend" Selena who apparently is the mistress of Hades. Yeah. Little nuggets like that keep getting dropped and there's no follow-up. The book does a terrible job of world building too. So this is a world similar to Greek mythology (the gods and goddesses and other characters we know are mentioned) with three kingdoms (Fisa, Tarva, and Sinta) where only those with magic in them rule. I think. I don't know. I refuse to go back and finish this book.Apparently Cat has met some of the gods (she refers to Hades and Poseidon several times as if she has met them) and I don't know why the author chose to borrow so heavily from Greek mythology and then just not explain how this world she sets it in is different. You can't just say magical world and Greek mythology and not explain anything.I honestly think this is what killed my interest in the end, because it looks like nothing is going to be explained. And if I have to read to book #2 or #3 for the world building to be worked out, no thank you. I thought Lunar Chronicles had some issues with world building here and there, but the writing, characters, and plot were enough to overcome it. This book does not have a lot going for it, for me to continue reading.

  • Mei
    2018-10-23 09:18

    WOW! What a strangely compelling book! I’m not fan of first person POV, but here it was done really well!The voice telling the story is Catalia "Cat" Fisa. A woman in hiding. Nobody knows who she is and what she is. Nobody knows her real name. She’s only Cat, a circus clairvoyant. But she’s much, much more!!She’s obviously terrified by something, but she’s hiding that as well by being a angry, cranky, cantankerous and very sarcastic.Griffin, the Beta Sinta, is a man that doesn’t accept no as an answer. And he wants Cat. He wants her because he suspects she’s the Kingmaker, even if he doesn’t want to be a king. He’s determinate, stubborn, strong and, more important, impervious to magic!The story is very complicated, but at the same time very simple. We see everything from cat’s POV and we get to know her better and better as we come to understand why she’s behaving that way, why she rejects every kindness and friendliness. She’s terrified, but she’s also brave. She says one thing: that she wants to be free, that she wants to be left in piece, that she doesn’t want to help anybody, but she helps and protects even if her life is threatened.She doesn’t want to care, but she ends caring too much. Not only for Griffin, but for all his family and friends.That tough road is described very, very well with her internal dialogue and sarcastic comments she makes to herself!A beautiful story that reveals her origins, her being protected by some really powerful people that are not people at all!The books had a kind of HEA, but many, many things are lest unexplained. I’m sooo looking forward to the next book/books!

  • Dianne
    2018-11-11 03:28

    She ran away to join a circus to save herself from the cruelties of the one person she should be able to run to, her mother. In a land of magic, myth and powerful gods, Cat has power, she is the legendary Kingmaker, but she hides the truth under a prickly façade, razor sharp tongue and the personal fortress she has built around herself. Captured by a powerful warlord from the not very magical southern borders of the realm, Cat fears discovery more than death. Tethered to the brute, she tries every trick she knows to escape while providing entertainment for her captors. No, they are not filthy curs, and that is the problem. Griffin may be quiet and stone faced, but he is also a man of honor with a sly sense of humor that often shows up at Cat’s expense. Okay, I admit it, the guy is hot!The fur will fly as Cat fights not only for physical freedom, but for the freedom of her heart that is slowly being captured. Little does she realize she may hold all of the cards in the game of love…I swear by the gods, A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet is pure magic! From a cover to die for to the very end, I was a believer in the world Ms. Bouchet has created! I think I was shocked that it ended, I was so completely engrossed in each word, each page and each scene. From supporting characters that ran from quirky to loyal, powerful to charming, they formed the perfect accompaniment to Cat and Griffin.Speaking of Cat, LOVED her attitude, her strength and her willingness to hide away in a lonely future to keep others safe and maybe live a day or two longer, herself. Griffin, of course seemed to live up to his name, a powerful being who seems larger than life, a quiet, yet forceful leader who loves country and home, yet around Cat, his demeanor transformed into a flaming hunk of turmoil and emotions he refused to acknowledge! From the extremely fresh plot to each well-thought out sentence, I cannot recommend this new series highly enough! Just read it, you’ll understand, trust me!I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.Series: Kingmaker Chronicles - Book 1Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: August 2, 2016ISBN-10: 1492626015ISBN-13: 978-1492626015Genre: Romantic FantasyPage Count: 448 pagesAvailable from: iTunes | Barnes & Noble | AmazonFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
    2018-11-08 01:18

    -Hell yes to greek mythology-Hell no to relationship drama I wonder what is happening, but I'm getting really tired that almost every book has the overbearing, overly jealous, controlling, asshole- alpha-males. It's getting so fucking old. Not in every damn book, please. Alpha is okay, but too much is too much. I didn't like Griffin. At all. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but it resolved too much around sex. Too many heated looks and heart-flip-flops arghhh just staaaaaphhh!!!! And too much unnecessary repetition. Cut half of that shit out and it stays more interesting. :PAnd Cat can do everything ? *arches eyebrows* I mean fuck yeah to kick-ass, badass heroines but I felt like everyone else was fucking useless, well mostly. I just wanted more mythology, not that much heated panting and all that, well not only between Cat and Griffin *sighs* And more side characters - and side character romance ;) I loved Flynn, Kato, Jocasta. (how do you write it?) Gimme more. And more creatures - and mythology!

  • Renégade ♥
    2018-10-23 04:12

    5 starsWell done, Ms. Bouchet, well done.Such a wonderful imagination that immediately had me wanting to go back for more the moment I was forced to put the book down and, you know, attend to 'real life' stuff.There's just so much creativity, heartbreak, humor and romance here, as well as an assortment of intriguing mythological aspects and characters that I came to adore. And magic? Oh, the cool and marvelous magic...Something you've just got to experience for yourself.Never thought I'd say this but - at least where this book/series is concerned - January can't come too soon...(I was seriously tempted to go ahead and read the sneak preview of the next book. Instead, I've decided to save it for when I can no longer help myself and absolutely must have another wee taste of Cat and Griffin's world. We'll see just how long I can hold out.)ETA:Just came across this marvelous review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books if you're feeling so inclined and would like to check it out:http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/re...